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Book of Styx

Original Name


Romanized Name

Suteikusu no Sho


Charon (カローン Karōn)


Chapter 4 (light novel 2);
Chapter 4 (manga);
Episode 2


It summons a barrier.


Hugh Anthony Disward;
(Dalian, in the manga)


Inside the Dantalian's Bookshelf

Book of Styx or Book of the Styx's Shield (スティクスの楯の書 Suteikusu no Tate no Sho), by Charon, is a Phantom Book used by Hugh to block the Golem’s attacks. Later, Hugh explored its powers once again to neutralize Diffring's shots. It also appeared in the manga as Στύξ, Styx in Ancient Greek.

It’s a book written with strange letters.[1] The Phantom Book is seen as a heavy and old book with a red, ornate cover in the anime adaptation.[2]


The Book of Styx was written by the immortal wise man Charon,[1] the ferryman of Hades, which is the name of both the underworld and its ruler, the God of the dead from the Greek mythology.[3] Charon would carry the souls of the deceased from the world of the living, across the rivers Styx and Acheron, to the world of the dead.[4]

It has registers about the deity Styx, here called the Goddess of the Underworld, the personification of the river. The Book of Styx is contained inside the Labyrinth Library.[1]


From the Book of Styx, an impenetrable, invisible wall is raised. It's a barrier which will not be pierced even against a thousand spears. Magical sparkles appear at the user's feet as he reads the passages of the Phantom Book.[1] The shield is capable of blocking the bullets from a shotgun and the powerful punches dealt by a Golem.[1][5] It can also produce a powerful shock wave, wrapping the attacker in flames. The user gets tired after using the shield for a brief time, since his spirit is consumed as magical power.[1] In the manga, bullets shot against the invisible wall stop in the air and fall to the ground without hitting the target.[6] This adaptation also shows that the Phantom Book can block the powerful burst of energy released by the Loge.[7]

In the anime, the translucent golden shield shows some images, including what appears to be a Chimera, a Pegasus, a peacock and a Gorgon head. Occasionally, it also displays stars of David, with symbols of a crescent moon or a lightning.[2]


Hugh reads a passage from the Book of Styx to summon the shield.[2]

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The Goddess Styx is shown when Hugh reads the Phantom Book.

"O, water of the great river,
one which separates the underworld from the material world, the mortals from the immortal gods.
Test one's vows with thy roaring stream!

The Goddess smiles, permitting my stay,
blessing eternal body and soul, harming naught.
The lives of the Gods on Mount Olympus shall be eternal, gifted by the world."


Book of Fetus[]

After Estella tried to stab Hugh, the Golem broke through a wall. The Golem was created to hide the evidences of the murders committed by Estella, including the bodies. Hugh and Dalian are attacked by the monster. Hugh opens the Labyrinth Library to obtain the Book of Styx and The Clay Tablet of Ugarit. The former is used to protect Hugh and Dalian from the Golem. The creature pushes the invisible wall, only to be pushed back by a shock wave. Soon after, the invisible wall is repeatedly hit by the creature. Since the Phantom Book was consuming Hugh's spirit, he finds himself exhausted. Eventually, the Golem is defeated after Hugh destroys the 72 Sacred Notes of the Shem-ha-mephorash, the Phantom Book controlling the artificial being.[1]

Golem attacking

The shield from the Book of Styx, protecting Hugh and Dalian from the Golem.

Book of Gap[]

Serial killer Benjamin Diffring was trying to kill Jessica Elphinstone, a schoolgirl who witnessed his attack on Matilda Linker. He removes a shotgun from the gap between the pages of the Book of Gap, using the power of the Phantom Book itself. He shoots at the young girl, then at Dalian when she teases the man. The bullets are obstructed by an invisible wall. Diffring was not the only one using a Phantom Book, since Hugh was holding the Book of Styx. Finding himself in disadvantage, the serial killer runs away. Hugh calmly closes the Phantom Book. He already knows where Diffring is heading.[5]

Book of Wisdom II (manga-only)[]

Norman and his soldiers surround Hugh and Dalian during their discussion with Rasiel and Charlotte. After seeing how Norman was threatening Eric and her parents, Charlotte releases the hidden power of the Book of Wisdom. Then, Rasiel opens the Labyrinth Library to summon a giant. The Professor reads the Loge to make the monster release a powerful attack. Dalian appears exhausted, holding the Στύξ. She had used the Phantom Book to protect Charlotte and Eric.[7]


  • The Odyssey is one of the books that appears at the end of Episode 2. This Greek epic poem mentions the river Styx.[8] Additionally, some myths describe Charon carrying Odysseus to the underworld and back.[9]
  • Charon and Styx are moons of Pluto. Curiously, the loss rate of Pluto's atmosphere is reduced by Charon, which acts as a shield against solar winds.[10]
  • The Sage's Plate is also used to summon a barrier.[11]
  • Mount Olympus is the highest mountain in Greece and notable in Greek mythology as the home of the gods.[12]
  • The Book of Styx is seen in the opening.[13]
  • A mock Book of Styx is included in the special edition of Codex 2, the second volume of the Japanese DVDs and Blu-ray discs.[14]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 The Mystic Archives of Dantalian light novel, Chapter 4, volume 2.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 The Mystic Archives of Dantalian anime, Episode 2.
  3. Hades. (2017, February 10). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 22:34, February 18, 2017, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Hades&oldid=764723520
  4. Charon (mythology). (2017, January 17). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 22:33, February 18, 2017, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Charon_(mythology)&oldid=760456732
  5. 5.0 5.1 The Mystic Archives of Dantalian light novel, Chapter 1, volume 4.
  6. The Mystic Archives of Dantalian manga, Chapter 4.
  7. 7.0 7.1 The Mystic Archives of Dantalian manga, Chapter 11.
  8. Styx. In Mythagora. Retrieved 01:28, February 19, 2017, from https://mythagora.com/bios/styx.html
  9. Charon. In Tales Beyond Belief. Retrieved 01:25, February 19, 2017, from http://www.talesbeyondbelief.com/greek-gods-mythology/charon.htm
  10. David Szondy. How Pluto's atmosphere is spared by a moon shield. (2017, January 10). In New Atlas. Retrieved 01:30 February 19, 2017, from http://newatlas.com/pluto-atmosphere-chield/47321/
  11. The Mystic Archives of Dantalian light novel, Chapter 4, volume 3.
  12. Mount Olympus. (2017, September 27). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 01:24, September 30, 2017, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Mount_Olympus&oldid=802696588
  13. The Mystic Archives of Dantalian anime, opening.
  14. ダンタリアンの書架 限定版 第2巻 [DVD]. In Amazon Japan. Retrieved 14:15, October 15, 2020, from amazon.co.jp/ダンタリアンの書架-限定版-第2巻-DVD-沢城みゆき/dp/B00593N3HK
Phantom Books
72 Sacred Notes of the Shem-ha-mephorash - Atargatis Scripture - Book of a Thousand Sorrows - Book of Adventure - Book of Atonement - Book of Avalon - Book of Equivalence - Book of Fairy - Book of Fetus - Book of Gap - Book of Humanization - Book of Hypnosis - Book of Lifetime - Book of Relationship - Book of Styx - Book of the Eleusis Ritual - Book of the House-Elf - Book of Imprint - Book of Meditation of Supreme Cooking - Book of Oblivion - Book of the Outer God - Book of Paradise - Book of Royal Power - Book of the Sage - Book of the Salamander's Seal - Book of Sleep - Book of the Descendant of the Mist - Book of the Feast of the Dead of the Windowless Hall - Book of the Flatterer - Book of the Jealous Girlfriend - Book of the King's Coffin - Book of the Ritual of the Migratory Locusts - Book of the Silver Well - Book of Those Who Want Beauty - Book of Twilight - Book of Wisdom - Catalogue - Collection of Visions - Crastinus Dies Nunquam Sciat - Decorative Plywood of Merneith - Depiction of Mountains and Rivers - Divine Encyclopedia of the Yin Kings - Divine Pattern of Floating Silk - Faceless Book - Fata Morgana - Go in an Instant - Hezār Afsān - Hymn of Hel - Logbook - John Wilkes Booth’s Diary - Kairos’ Dynastic History - Loge - Memories of That Day - Old Bradshaw’s Timetable - Pioneer Book - Phantom Book of Resurrection - Phantom Score - Rahōto Reihō Kaigen - Ritual of Reality - Template Book - The Aggregate of Burning Golden Beads - The Clay Tablet of Ugarit - The Dictator's Book - The Great Queen Poem - The Harlequinade - The Nāgārjuna’s Manuscript - The Ophiuchus Manuscript - The Pedigree of All Creations - The Sage's Slate - The Scent God's Scripture - The World - Vignette of Eternal Twilight

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